Behind everything that we do every day, there is motivation. Motivation is the reason that we act in a certain way or the incentive behind why we do something. In all situations, we have the option of being motivated by self or being motivated by the Holy Spirit. If our motive is self, we walk in pride and the attention is placed on us; if our motive is Jesus, we walk humbly and the glory is given to Him.
“We justify our actions by appearances; God examines our motives.” Proverbs 21:2
“Mixed motives twist life into tangles; Pure motives take you straight down the road.” Proverbs 21:8
According to Proverbs 21, we can appear to be doing great things, but God always knows our motives. For instance, we can compliment someone else, but if our motive is to get a compliment in return, God knows. We can serve a needy family, but if our motive is to be noticed, God knows. Whenever we operate under mixed motives, we deflect the glory from God and give it to ourselves. But, when we serve from a pure heart and a pure desire to please God, God knows and He is glorified. God is honored in our speech and in our actions when His glory is our motivation.
“…Serve Him with a whole heart and eager mind, for God examines every heart and sees through every motive.” 1 Chronicles 28:9
Today, we have the opportunity to serve ourselves and be motivated by selfish desires or we can be led by the Holy Spirit and operate in pure motives. Let our prayer be today that God would examine our heart and our motives, and take away our selfish desires. Pray that we would serve Him with our whole heart and with an eagerness to please Him. May all that we do and all that we say today bring Him glory and honor!